President Donald Trump has been failing to provide Americans with much in the way of tangible guidance and support amidst the Coronavirus outbreak. It wasn’t that long ago at all that he was proclaiming that he’d like to see the U.S. economy largely reopened by Easter, even though he had no evidence to suggest that virus spread would have slowed enough to actually allow that. Former President Barack Obama is among those helping pick up the slack of the president’s haphazard at best virus response, and this Wednesday, he shared health professionals’ guidance via The New York Times on Twitter for when authorities can actually know that it’s safe to ease social distancing demands.
‘Social distancing bends the curve and relieves some pressure on our heroic medical professionals. But in order to shift off current policies, the key will be a robust system of testing and monitoring – something we have yet to put in place nationwide.’
Social distancing bends the curve and relieves some pressure on our heroic medical professionals. But in order to shift off current policies, the key will be a robust system of testing and monitoring – something we have yet to put in place nationwide. https://t.co/evkTSrzReB
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) April 8, 2020
The article that he included a link to, which is the work of Indiana University School of Medicine Professor Aaron E. Carroll, included three other needs besides nationally widespread testing among the criteria that should be met before social distancing orders are lifted. Needed developments include hospitals reaching the point of being “able to safely treat all patients requiring hospitalization, without resorting to crisis standards of care,” an ability for “monitoring of confirmed cases and contacts” on the state level, and ” a sustained reduction in cases for at least 14 days,” because that’s the approximate length of time between Coronavirus infection and symptoms. In many locales around the country, like the especially hard-hit New York, little to none of these standards are currently met.
The U.S. economy has suffered dramatic upheaval amidst the Coronavirus crisis. In the last two and a half weeks or so alone, some ten million new unemployment claims have been filed, which is exponentially higher than any previous one-week record from any point in recent decades. Projections of the official unemployment level have quickly hit double digits.
Check out Twitter’s response to Obama below…